Cgkreality “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) July 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Cgkreality “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently noticed that your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser has started behaving a bit strangely, then a browser hijacker like Cgkreality “Virus” might have hijacked it without your permission. Typically, this specific type of software is the most probable reason for unwanted changes in the browsers’ homepage and search engine settings as well as for the generation of various intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners and page redirects which users might encounter while surfing the web. That’s why, it is understandable why many people face browsing disturbance while applications like Cgkreality are present on their PC. What is more, there is a huge number of users who actively seek methods to have the hijacker uninstalled because this is usually the only effective way to remove all of its imposed changes and ads for good. Since you have landed on this article about Cgkreality “Virus”, we assume that you might be interested in learning more about how to deal with this pesky app. That’s why, in the next lines, we have prepared some detailed removal instructions and some useful tips about regarding such browser hijacker-related issues. Don’t miss them out.

Does Cgkreality “Virus” invade my PC to harm it?

We regularly receive queries from users whose browsers have been hijacked by applications like Cgkreality. Most of them usually are not aware of the real purpose of such software and often mistake it for some nasty virus or some sort of a Trojan or Ransomware based infection. However, there is no actual need for panic or concern because browser hijackers, in general, do not fall under any malware category. These pieces of software do not typically contain any harmful code and, unlike real viruses like Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware, are not considered to be a threat to any computer. Applications like Cgkreality “Virus” usually invade people’s browsers with the purpose of redirecting user to certain sponsored web locations and making them click on paid ads, pop-ups and tabs. Basically, the applications of this type serve as advertising tools. They are often part of aggressive Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View marketing campaigns which generate income for their creators for every click or redirect. According to the most laws, however, this is a legitimate form of paid advertising, which helps various businesses to bring traffic to certain sites, to promote their products and services directly on the users’ screen and to make them more popular.

Cgkreality “Virus” Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Cgkreality from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Cgkreality from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Cgkreality from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

However, despite not being considered as harmful, such aggressive advertising has the potential to cause certain disturbances, mostly related to the users’ browsing habits. Many people find applications like Cgkreality problematic due to the sheer number of ads, pop-ups, banners and page redirects that get generated. A lot of users report that this software actually forces them to interact with web content that they had no actual intention of visiting and that it often exposes them to unfamiliar and sketchy web pages with questionable contents. What is more, the browser hijacker may often be programmed to perform detailed analysis of the users’ web searches, likes, shares and frequently visited pages. This is usually done in an attempt to gather more marketing information about their preferences and interests but may sometimes be seen as a privacy invasion. Fortunately, this activity of the hijacker is believed to mostly be harmless and to have no intention of harming the user’s computer, stealing their data or messing with their software. Still, keeping an application like Cgkreality on the system would hardly ever provide you with any actual beneficial features. That’s why, it is usually advisable to have it uninstalled. This could be done manually (see the Removal Guide below) or by scanning the machine with professional software such as the one available on this page.

Where can Cgkreality be found on the web and how can its installation be prevented?

Since applications like Cgkreality are often used to generate money through Pay-Per-Click or similar remuneration models, many software developers use them to promote their free software and “sponsor” it via clicks from paid ads. For this reason, browser hijackers may get commonly distributed in a bundle with various other applications, free programs and free download packages, which could oftentimes be found in open source platforms, torrent sites, freeware or shareware pages, spam, email messages, attachments and free download links. In order for users to prevent the installation of hijackers, they have to avoid such free bundles and their sources. Also, in case that something needs to be installed on the computer, it is highly advisable that you use the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation options instead of the Automatic/Quick ones. Otherwise, if applications like Cgkreality are bundled with a given setup and are not manually opted-out, they will start to operate on the computer when the installation completes.

Name Cgkreality
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying page redirects, homepage or search engine modifications
Distribution Method Typically distributed via software bundles, free download links, torrents, open source platforms, sharware, spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.